Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Manny Cruz

  • Departure Date:

    May 4, 2019

  • Countries:

    Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Italy

Pilgrimage Highlights

Slovenia’s capital and largest city, is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. It was the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Car traffic is restricted in...

LJUBLJANA

Slovenia’s capital and largest city, is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals.

It was the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river; it almost feels like a nightly street party.

Slovenia’s master of early-modern, minimalist design, Jože Plečnik, graced Ljubljana with beautiful bridges and buildings as well as dozens of urban design elements such as pillars, pyramids and lamp posts, which exist solely to make the city even prettier. Attractive cities are often described as ‘jewel boxes’, and here the name really fits. Some 50,000 students support an active clubbing scene, and Ljubljana’s museums and restaurants are among the best in the country.

Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort. Sheltered by the picturesque mountains of the Julian Alps, Bled sits in the middle of an emerald-green lake with a picture-postcard church on the...

Bled

Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort.

Sheltered by the picturesque mountains of the Julian Alps, Bled sits in the middle of an emerald-green lake with a picture-postcard church on the islet, and a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff. Bled is a sight that stays in your memory. The town has long been a destination for those seeking relaxation, through its sunny alpine air and thermal spring.

Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle.

Due to its mild climate, Bled has been visited by aristocratic guests from all across the world. Today it is an important convention center and tourist resort.

Postojna is a town in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia. The town is well known for the jaw dropping Postojna Cave, the best known cave in the world....

Postojna

Postojna is a town in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia.

The town is well known for the jaw dropping Postojna Cave, the best known cave in the world. A series of caverns, halls and passages, some 24km long and two million years old, was hollowed out by the Pivka River, which enters a subterranean tunnel near the cave’s entrance.

Zagreb is the capital and largest city of Croatia. It is a vibrant city that boasts a charming medieval “old city”with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague...

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital and largest city of Croatia.

It is a vibrant city that boasts a charming medieval “old city”with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central- European capitals.

Zagreb got its start as two medieval fortress towns atop hills overlooking the Sava River, and was reborn in the Baroque period as center of business, perfectly located on routes connecting Central Europe to the Adriatic Sea. These days, Zagreb is the heart of contemporary Croatia’s culture, art, sports, and academics, but its history is not forgotten.

Rastoke is the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj known for its well-preserved mills and little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river. In its formation, Rastoke serves as an...

Rastoke

Rastoke is the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj known for its well-preserved mills and little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river.

In its formation, Rastoke serves as an introduction to the Plitvice Lakes and therefore often being referred to as “the Small Lakes of Plitvice”. In contrast to the Lakes Rastoke features a three hundred-year old village with houses and watermills.

Rastoke is a place of native ecologic and ethnographic significance due to its symbiosis of natural and civilizational features. Due to its rich heritage in 1969 Rastoke was registered as an immovable cultural monument in the Regional Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments in Zagreb.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia,...

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.

It is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1970, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The beauty of Plitvice National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.

Trogir is a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. Gorgeous Trogir (called Trau by the Venetians) is set within medieval walls on a tiny...

Trogir

Trogir is a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia.

Gorgeous Trogir (called Trau by the Venetians) is set within medieval walls on a tiny island, linked by bridges to both the mainland and to the far larger Čiovo Island. The old town has retained many intact and beautiful buildings from its age of glory between the 13th and 15th centuries.

Since 1997, the historic center of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites for its Venetian architecture.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia. The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace and fort built for the retired Roman emperor, Diocletian) where the...

Split

Split is the second largest city in Croatia.

The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace and fort built for the retired Roman emperor, Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Split has a unique setting. Its dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.

In 1979, the historic center of Split was included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Split is said to be one of the centers of Croatian culture. Its literary tradition can be traced to medieval times.

Medjugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Medjugorje literally means “between mountains.” It has a mild Mediterranean climate. On June 25, 1981,...

Medjugorje

Medjugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The name Medjugorje literally means “between mountains.” It has a mild Mediterranean climate.

On June 25, 1981, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to six children in the mountain village of Medjugorje. To this day, the Blessed Virgin Mary is coming and giving messages to the world through these 6 people (known as visionaries): Ivanka,Mirjana, Vicka, Maria, Ivan and Jacov. She tells us that God has sent Her to our world, and these years she is spending with us are a time of Grace granted by God. The Blessed Virgin Mary comes with a mission of peace and love and urges us to return to God with all our hearts.

The place is now a popular site of religious pilgrimages.

Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Hezegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of...

Mostar

Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Hezegovina.

The city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia. At the beginning of the war, air strikes destroyed many important buildings and structures, including the cultural and spiritual icon: The Old Bridge (Stari Most).

Mostar has been most famous for this beautiful historic Ottoman style bridge, which spanned the Neretva river in what is considered the historic center of the city. A significant portion of the city has been rebuilt and visitors might be surprised to see that this formerly war torn city is a lively and beautiful destination once again.

Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is the proudest feather in Croatia’s tourist cap, an elite destination...

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia.

It is the proudest feather in Croatia’s tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean.  Dubbed as the Pearl of the Adriatic, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979.

Home to many notable poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars, Dubrovnik was one of the centers of the development of the Croatian language and literature.

Bari is a big port city on the Adriatic coast; the capital of the Italian region of Puglia. Between the heart of the Old Town and the sea is Bari’s...

Bari

Bari is a big port city on the Adriatic coast; the capital of the Italian region of Puglia.

Between the heart of the Old Town and the sea is Bari’s most famous church, the 11th century Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, dedicated to St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus. Bari’s other great church is Bari’s Cathedral, also known as Cattedrale di San Sabino.

Monte Sant Angelo, home to the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael and associated with apparitions of the archangel that took place in the 4th century....

Monte Sant Angelo

Monte Sant Angelo, home to the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael and associated with apparitions of the archangel that took place in the 4th century.

The town of Monte Sant’Angelo is in a panoramic position on the Gargano promontory, with views extending over the hills and down to the Adriatic Sea. The whitewashed town is a delight to see and experience!

Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy. It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life),...

Rome

Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy.

It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain.

Rome, as a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2,800 years of existence.  The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous,  influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world. With so many sights and things to do, Rome can truly be classified a “global city.”

The Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the temporal seat of the Pope, the head of the worldwide Catholic Church. It is also the world’s smallest state.

San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916 until his death on September 23, 1968. It is a city in the province of...

San Giovanni Rotondo

San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916 until his death on September 23, 1968.

It is a city in the province of Foggia, Puglia region in southern Italy.

San Giovanni Rotondo centers on the tomb of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick and supernatural gifts. He was declared a saint in 2002.

The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo receives 7 million pilgrims each year. The large and ultramodern Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church was built in devotion to the saint and to accommodate the increasing throngs of pilgrims that visit the place.

The city is renowned for its hospital and medical research center Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home for the Relief of the Suffering) founded by St. Pio of Pietrelcina and is considered one of the most efficient hospitals in Europe.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare
  • One-way overnight ferry ticket Dubrovnik-Bari
  • Roundtrip airport and departure transfers
  • 3-4* hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • First class pension house accommodation in Medjugorje on twin sharing basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Hot/Cold buffet breakfast; D – Dinner)
  • Land transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Sightseeing tours as specified in the program with a local English-speaking guide
  • Services of a Pilgrimage Chaplain and Filipino Tour Leader all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels (subject to avaialability)

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Medjugorje is often described as the place where Heaven meets Earth. A special place that pulsates  with a spiritual resonance that attunes you to God.  Join  a 14-day Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Medjugorje and the Balkan States plus Italy with Fr. Manny Cruz leaving on May 4, 2019. And find out for yourself why  Medjugorje is indeed a  special place chosen by God, where His presence can be felt and His peace reigns.

Begin your pilgrimage in Graz, a unique city with a delightful blend of old and new Austria. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town of Graz, a World Cultural Heritage site as declared by UNESCO. Journey on to Bled, distinguished for its stunning lake, picture perfect church on an islet and medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff. Head for Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital and largest city, is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable cities.

Travel onwards to Croatia where you will spend a full day at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Next stop is Split which houses some of the most impressive ruins in the Mediterranean.

Spend three days in Medjugorje, an important place of pilgrimage and encouragement for the faithful seeking God in their lives. Climb the Apparition Mountain or Mount Podbrdo, where Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries. Pray before the True Cross of Jesus on the Krizevac Mountain, where a relic from the original cross of Christ was built into this cross.

Next stop is the picturesque town of Dubrovnik. Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent tourist places in the Mediterranean.

Wind down your pilgrimage Italy, where you will visit San Giovanni Rotondo, well known as the native city of St. Padre Pio and where he worked numerous miracles. Visit Rome, the heart and home of the Catholic Church.

Embark on a 14-day Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Medjugorje and the Balkan States plus Italy with Fr. Manny Cruz leaving on May 4, 2019. And enjoy the fullness of peace that can only be found in the loving presence of God.

Things We Love

  • Stare at a masterpiece of God’s creation at the Plitvice Lakes National Park. You will find 16 lakes cascading in symmetry with a wonderful play of colors ranging from azure to green, gray or blue!
  • Peaceful and spiritual ambience in Medjugorje.
  • Meditate and pray with fellow pilgrims in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of St. James in Medjugorje.
  • Rome is an open air museum! Marvel  at its breathtaking beauty.
  • Indulge yourself in Dubrovnik’s gastronomic delights where fresh local seafood tops the menu!

Things To Do

  • CONFESSION.

    Avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation while in Medjugorje. Many numbers of priests are available to hear Confession in different languages.

  • AWE.

    Watch the sunset in Dubrovnik. No wonder it’s world-renowned for its beauty!

  • CASTLE.

    See a fairy tale like castle come to life on your visit to Bled Castle. It’s surely much better than what we usually read about.

  • RELAX.

    Enjoy first class accommodations for your exclusive Adriatic cruise, a perfect time to relax and recharge your energy.

  • EXPLORE.

    The unique blend of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, open-air markets and ancient cathedrals, make Zagreb the perfect city to explore.

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Testimonials

Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.

Emily Bautista

It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!

Carmen Nierra

Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca Pilgrim

Cora and Vir Franca

Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec Cabusora

Leclec Cabusora

I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.

Peter Joseph Mapua

The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...

Marlene Silvestre

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Visa Requirements

  • Passport with six (6) months validity from date of departure with previous passports
  • Visa Application Form
  • Two (2) pcs. passport-size pictures with white background
  • Original and Photocopy of Latest Income Tax Return
  • Original Bank Certificate (both Pesos and/or U.S.Dollars)
  • Photocopy of bank book or bank statements for (6) six months
  • Original and Photocopy of Business Registration (if in business)
  • Original Employment Certificate (if employed)
  • Photocopy of International Credit Cards (if available)
  • Travel Insurance with minimum coverarage of Php2.5 Million (valid for 30 days)
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (signed and notarized by sponsor if financially incapable)
  • If married, copy of Authenticated Marriage Contract
  • Copy of hotel voucher (to be supplied by ERI)
  • Personal appearance by the applicant

PROCESSING TIME: 15 – 30 days
VISA FEE: Php 7,000.00 *
*Subject to change without prior notice!

Booking Conditions

1) A US$ 500.00 non-refundable deposit is required upon reservation together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure), Pilgrim’s Profile with a passport-size photo, visa fee, and travel insurance payment.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than 30 days before departure date.

3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
> 45 days before departure date – US$ 500.00
> 30 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 20 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.
> US$ 300.00 Admin Fee for any visa denial.

Terms and Conditions

BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Philippine Travel Tax of PHP1,620.00, airport taxes, airport terminal fee, visa fees and documentation expenses, travel insurance, hospitalization, and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of maximum allocation of one (1) piece of luggage, drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

EXECUTIVE RESOURCES, INC. has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various contractors. Executive Resources, Inc., its employees or its subagents therefore only act as agents for the contractors providing the various services described in the tour and accept no responsibility or liability in connection with losses or accidental expenses due to delays of schedule, overbooking, defaults or “force majeure.” All tours and arrangements are subject to the general conditions specified by each contractor. Tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. When making a tour reservation, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

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